Top tips on buying an investment property at auction

Warren Lewis -
8th March 2018

With thousands of properties already sold this year and popularity growing by the day, more and more people are choosing to buy and sell their properties via the auction room.

Recent analysis of the sector has shown that savvy investors are coming to auction rooms to find the ideal rental property and are attracted to the method by the quick completion times, lack of property chain and transparent pricing.

If you are thinking of investing in property for the first time or, are an existing landlord who has never been to an auction, read our top tips on buying an investment property at auction…

Do your research 

As a buy-to-let landlord you need to research the lot and its viewing schedule and also ensure that there is sufficient demand from tenants for the type of property you intend to purchase before placing any bids.

View the property and the legal pack

All of our auction catalogues come with a viewing schedule, we strongly advise that you view the property before the auction date to ensure you fully understand what you are paying for. It is also advisable to download the legal pack to ensure you have fully review the seller’s terms and conditions before placing a legally binding, winning bid.

Review your finances 

On the day of the auction, you will need to pay a 10% deposit in order to secure the property and the remaining 90% to be paid 20 working days later. Before attending the auction, if you are not a cash buyer then we recommend speaking to a mortgage advisor about your options.

Place your bids 

If you plan on bidding at the auction, you must bring with you proof of ID and of course, your 10% deposit. If you are unable to attend the auction then you can either nominate someone you trust to bid on your behalf (by proxy), or bid over the telephone. If you do want to bid either by proxy or by telephone, make sure you call the auctioneer in advance to find out all of the terms and conditions.

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